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7/26/2013 6:02:00 AM
Mohave graduates excel at national contest while helping community
Dyllan Farney, left, and William Medina excelled at the recent Family Career and Community Leaders of America national competition in Nashville, Tenn. (Courtesy)
Dyllan Farney, left, and William Medina excelled at the recent Family Career and Community Leaders of America national competition in Nashville, Tenn. (Courtesy)
Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Two former early childhood education students with the Western Arizona Vocational Education-JTED program brought home top medals this month after competing on the national level in Nashville.

Dyllan Farney, 18, a 2013 graduate of Kingman High School, earned a gold meal for his presentation about how the school's Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization has helped the community.

And William Medina, 18, who graduated from Mohave High School in Bullhead City this year, captured a silver medal by trying to remove cultural barriers at day cares in the Bullhead City and Kingman high schools.

"It was a great experience to go to nationals," said Farney. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that not many graduates can say they experienced.

"When they called my name as the gold-medal winner, I almost started crying. It was crazy."

Farney, the group's president for two years, said FCCLA takes needy children on a $100 shopping spree for new clothes and raises money for the March of Dimes.

He covered a large poster board with pictures and information about the organization's fundraising activities and community service projects and spoke about them to judges.

Medina's project came to him after he noticed young children asking about differences between themselves and others. Instead of answering their questions, teachers ignored them so they wouldn't offend anyone.

"It made the children think that asking questions was wrong," said Medina. "They wanted to know why children were other colors, talked different from them and had unusual names. We were studying this problem in early childhood education and I thought it was an interesting topic that didn't have much data from small communities like ours."

Farney and Medina brought home gold medals at the FCCLA state contest in March, which qualified them for the national competition.

The two winners spent eight days with an advisor in the Music City.

Farney said he was able to do some sightseeing in Nashville, touring Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He also attended leadership workshops, including one where he heard professional skateboarder Mike Smith talk about his struggles and successes. Another workshop focused on how graduating seniors could stay connected and help out their FCCLA organizations.

That message hit home for Farney, who is staying in Kingman for a year to serve as a mentor for FCCLA at Kingman High School. Farney plans to study early childhood education through Grand Canyon University's online school before attending on campus in Phoenix in 2014.

"I want to be able to leave a legacy for our chapter," said Farney, who will serve as an advisor for the incoming junior president. "I want to show the members how to keep fighting, never give up and reach for the stars."

Medina said he plans to attend Mohave Community College for a year before transferring to Northern Arizona University to become a music teacher. Medina said he enjoyed the trip and got to try a lot of new things, like eating alligator and smoked eel. Also, he said, it was hotter in Nashville and much more humid.

"I took home from nationals that even an average guy like me can do something good with his life and help people," said Medina, who attended workshops by skateboarder Smith and Doc Hendley, who runs a nonprofit providing clean water in needy countries.

"Those guys never felt like they would amount to anything, but they found out that if they put their mind to it, they could do whatever they wanted."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Lisa McClung

Proud of you Dyllan. Good job William.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Way to go William and Dyllan!!!!! You set excellent examples for the other students in your schools!

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Ms. Kellie McCoy

Great Job! proud of you achievements, always saw great things for ya Dyllan.

Ms. McCoy


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Girlie Lopez Forman

Dyllan--I am so very proud of you!! I know how hard you have worked as President of FCCLA. Thanks for representing KHS! Mr. Medina--cudos to you too!

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Francis

Dyllan Farney is the Vice Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Commission for the City of Kingman. He is an outstanding young man and we are so proud of him and his accomplishments.

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Susan Terrill

Dyllan good job. You are such a great role model. We need more great kids like you. Your momma did good!!!

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Carmen Lumas

CONGRATULATIONS DYLLAN !!!!
Proud of you

TAKE CARE

LUMAS FAMILY


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: F H

Congratulations. Both PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS do a fantastic job. It proves if the student has a positive family support group and works hard in these schools they can accomplish great things.

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jan Humphrey

Congratulations young men...Well done!



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